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A statistical look at a night of NHL Game 7s

The first round of the NHL Playoffs concludes Wednesday with a trio of Game 7s.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this will be the fifth time in NHL history that there will be at least three Game 7s played on the same day. The last time it happened was April 22, 2003.

Here is a look at some key stats to know for all three games.

New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers

Best Game 7 Win Pct
Stanley Cup Playoff History

This is the 2nd time the Flyers and Rangers have played a Game 7 against each other. In the 1974 Semifinals, the Flyers beat the Rangers, 4-3.

The Rangers are 5-0 at home in Game 7s, the best record of any team that has played at least 3 home games. However, the Flyers are 9-6 all-time in Game 7s, the best record of any team that has played at least 10 games overall.

The Flyers have won their last three game 7s, the last loss coming in the 2004 Conference Finals vs Lightning

Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche

Unbeaten in Game 7s
Active NHL, NBA and MLB Franchises

With a win, Minnesota could become the only ACTIVE NHL, NBA or MLB franchise to go 3-0 all-time in Game 7s.

The Wild’s first win in a Game 7 was April 22, 2003 in Colorado.

Why is that notable? It was the final game in the Hall-of-Fame career of former Avalanche goaltender (and current coach) Patrick Roy. Andrew Brunette scored on Roy in OT that night to give Minnesota the victory.

Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks

These two teams are not unfamiliar with seeing each other in Game 7s. Last season, the Kings eliminated the Sharks in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals.

The Kings are the ninth team to force a Game 7 after trailing 3-0. Only 3 NHL teams have won a series when trailing 3-0 (1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1975 New York Islanders, 2010 Flyers).

On the other end of the ice, this is the second time that the Sharks have been pushed to a Game 7 after taking a 3-0 series lead (2011 vs Red Wings ... SJ won Game 7).

Other Game 7 notes

• The team scoring the first goal in Game 7 has won 111 of the 149 games (74.5 pct).

• Game 7s have gone into OT 37 times, with the home team winning 19 of those and road team winning 18.

• Of the 37 OT games in Game 7, eight have been decided in double OT, one in triple OT and one in a 4-OT game.

• The oldest player to score a Game 7 goal? Bruins' Mark Recchi, who scored a goal in 2011 against the Canadiens at age 43.